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Dianne Tordillo
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Most Market Value Returns of the Buffett-Munger Model Portfolio

December 26, 2012 | About:

As year’s end creeps up on us and GuruFocus counts down the days until it will rebalance its top-performing Buffett-Munger Model Portolio, let’s turn our focus towards the stocks in the lineup that delivered the most in market value year to date.

There are currently 36 companies that appear in the GuruFocus Buffett-Munger Model Portolio, 10 of which have surged in value throughout the year by more than 20 percent. Below are the top five stocks from the list with the highest price changes this year.

Tyler Technologies Inc. (NYSE:TYL)

Stock of Dallas-based Information management solutions provider, Tyler Technologies (NYSE:TYL) has gone up 60.11 percent year to date.

The stock sold its lowest in January, at about $30 and it reached its highest in November when it traded for $49. Its current price drifts not too far away at$47.90 per share, although down 0.68 percent today for post-Christmas trading.

With a market cap of $1.47 billion, Tyler Technologies partners with local government entities – cities, counties, schools, etc. – and helps enhance their services through Tyler’s software and network of applications. Some of the services Tyler has been known to help with include the real-time access to public information, e-commerce solutions for traffic tickets, utility bills and taxes. Its client-base reaches beyond the US, to the Virgin Islands, Canada, Puerto Rico and the UK.

Tyler is ranked 5 stars in Business Predictability, as wells as 8 in both Financial Strength and Profitability and Growth.

Out of all the investing Gurus that GuruFocus follows, Columbia Wanger owns the most Tyler shares with over 940,000, before Mario Gabelli with 380,000 shares and Steven Cohen with 8,700 shares. (TYL: Guru Trades).

Review and download Tyler Technologies’ financial data at 10-Year Financials.

Valmont Industries Inc. (NYSE:VMI)

Stock of Columbus, Nebraska-based Valmont Industries has increased 48.83percent year to date.

Its lowest price was in January at $92 and its highest price was in the end of November at $139. Today, it trades at $134.58, down 0.38 percent in this afternoon’s trading.

As a global manufacturer of engineered infrastructure products, agriculture irrigation equipment and provider of coating services, some of Valmont’s products include lighting and traffic towers, highway safety barriers, industrial access systems and wireless communications poles.

Valmont is ranked 4 stars in Business Predictability, 8 in Financial Strength and 7 in Profitability and Growth.

Chuck Royce, Ron Baron and Columbia Wanger are among the investors on GuruFocus who own the most shares of Valmont Industries (VMI: Guru Trades).

Review and download Valmont Industries’ financial data at 10-Year Financials.

First Cash Financial Services Inc. (NYSE:FCFS)

Pawn and cash advance store operator, First Cash Financial Services has gone up 39.27 percent in market value year to date.

At its lowest in January at $33, it is currently trading around at its highest of $49.

For 2013, FCFS is anticipating the advantageous returns of its 16-store pawn store chain-acquisition in the Denver area. It places the company’s pawn store total to 33, in the Colorado, Wyoming and Nebrasa areas.

FCFS is ranked 5 stars in Business Predictability, 9 in Financial Strength and 8 in Profitability and Growth.

Jim Simons, Jeremy Grantham and Pioneer Investments are the three Gurus who have holding of the stock (FCFS: Guru Trades).

Review and download First Cash Financial Services’ financial data at 10-Year Financials.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE:MTD)

Mettler-Toledo’s stock value has delivered 30.55 percent year to date.

Trading its lowest in July around $148, Mettler-Toledo’s price has risen to $191.80, down 0.53 percent for today’s trading.

Based in Ohio, Mettler-Toledo serves the global market, manufacturing precision instruments used for lab, industrial and food retailing applications. Some of its products include weighing, analytical and measurement instruments. Its manufacturing presence spans beyond the US, to Europe and China.

With 5 stars in Business Predictability, Mettler-Toledo has earned a 9 in Financial Strength and 8 in Profitability and Growth.

Columbia Wanger, Chuck Royce and Ron Baron own the most shares of Mettler-Toledo out of GuruFocus’ select list of investors (MTD: Guru Trades).

Review and download Mettler-Toledo International’s financial data at 10-Year Financials.

Aflac Inc. (NYSE:AFL)

Duck-branded insurance provider Aflac Inc. has sustained a 24.32 percent increase in market value year to date.

Aflac stock traded its lowest in June around $35 and it is trading around its highest of $53.

Aflac has been providing “guaranteed-renewable” insurance benefits for 55 years. It has accommodated individual and group insurance protection to more than 50 million people worldwide, and was awarded the number one life insurance provider in Japan.

Aflac has 4 stars in Business Predictability on GuruFocus, 6 in Financial Strength and 8 in Profitability and Growth.

Pioneer Investments, Bill Nygren and John Rogers are among the investors on GuruFocus who own the largest amount of shares of Aflac (AFL: Guru Trades).

Review and download Aflac’s financial data at 10-Year Financials.

Make sure to check out the top 25 stocks on the Buffett-Munger Model Portfolio that appeared as the most undervalued stocks upon its last rebalancing (on Jan. 2, 2012). Also check out the GuruFocus Buffett-Munger Screener, which is tailored based on the rules and criteria of investing Gurus, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger.

The Buffett-Munger Model Portfolio and Value Strategies Screeners

The success of the Buffett-Munger Portfolio has been unmatched since its inception, even next to the S&P 500, up until this year. In 2012, the portfolio’s return percentage of 11.9 percent was about 2 percent lower than the S&P’s 13.4 percent, unlike previous years when the portfolio beat the S&P by at most 6 percent. Since inception, the Buffett-Munger has gained 82.4 percent.

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About the author:

Dianne Tordillo
Dianne Tordillo is staff writer for GuruFocus.com. She reports on a variety of financial news, primarily dealing with investor portfolios and stock trades. Her articles also highlight insider trades, as well as the many useful features of GuruFocus.

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